In a fireplace
Undamaged firebacks can naturally be used as a protection and decoration to the back wall of your fireplace. After all fulfilling its intended purpose and accompanied by an open flame the fireback is most favourably illuminated. Please note that the fireback should under no condition be exposed to sudden temperature changes! Do not extinguish your fire with water when the fireback is in use! Doing so even undamaged firebacks are very likely to crack or break!
As a matter of course, small cracks weaken the stability of the fireback. That's why I strictly advise against using firebacks with a crack in a fireplace that is in use.
Open Fireplace with Fireback in the Restaurant "Schlachthof Brasserie" in Saarbrücken
The modern open Fireplace takes centre stage in this two-storied home
An original "Takenplatte" from the 18th century is the absolute eye-catcher in the Fireplace shown obove
The Phenix found a new home in The Fireplace of an ancient french Farmhouse
Fireback depicting the Coat of Arms of the french Sun King Louis XIV as Backslash in an outdoor barbeque Grill
In the kitchen
Another popular usage of a fireback is as a backsplash behind the stove. Here the fireback serves as a splashguard while adding a rustic rural charm to the kitchen. Also a centuries-old fireback plate has an elegant presence in a modern style kitchen.
Review of a customer:
"I could not be happier with our experience and the product. It is the focal point of our kitchen and it is a wonderful piece of functioning historical art."
"...it looks gorgeous in person..."
On the wall
Moreover, on a plastered wall or a natural stone wall a fireback can be displayed to its advantage and is a real eye-catcher.
This very well preserved fireback depicting the Tudor coat of arms dates back to the 16th century.
It is now an important part of an englishmen's collection in Somerset.
Hercules and Omphale - an antique French fireback finds a new home in an outdoor fireplace
An almost one square metre fireplace with the coat of arms of the French Royal House of the Bourbons protects the back wall of a large open fireplace in a historic stone house in the heart of Gascony.